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The nutrition expert who changed Elle Macpherson’s life


Photo: Dr. Simone Laubscher
Photo: Dr. Simone Laubscher
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headshot_elle_macpherson_smallWelcome to the Wellness Council, our handpicked holistic health squad: a tightly curated group that gives the best advice this side of your own personal guru. 

In this article, supermodel and WelleCo founder Elle Macpherson introduces us to the nutrition expert who helped her overcome the energy issue that sidelined her, despite her longtime commitment to health and fitness.

What she writes about next is up to you—tell us what what you’re dying to know! Send questions and ideas to [email protected].

Hi Well+Good readers and happy April!  As I briefly touched on last month, years ago when I met my nutritional doctor, Simone Laubscher, Ph.D., it absolutely changed my life. So this month I would like to introduce you to her.

It all started when I was feeling stressed, run down, and at a loss as to why I was feeling terrible—especially when I thought I had a pretty healthy, active lifestyle and was doing things right! What Dr. Laubscher introduced me to was the concept of an alkaline diet. We can try to be good, but our bodies are always exposed to everyday stressors and we can still be deprived from the best nutrition. For me, this meant that my body was acidic.

Through nutrition I got my body back to an alkaline state and started to feel so much better. I wanted to share with you some of the biggest things that helped me get back on track. I thought, no one better to explain this than the doctor herself!

Read on for Dr. Laubscher’s crash course on the importance of pH.

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Photo: Elle Macpherson
Photo: Elle Macpherson

Dr Laubscher: First of all, pH is a term used to describe how acidic or alkaline a substance is. The pH scale is from 1–14, with any reading of 6 or less reflecting acidic and 7 or higher being alkaline. What you eat and drink directly affects your pH levels with some foods raising or lowering the pH. This is based on the mineral content of the food, not the actual pH of that food. For example lemons have a naturally low pH of around 2 but due to their mineral content they have a wonderful alkalizing effect on the body.

The bottom line is that disease can flourish in an acidic environment. As always, it is all about balance—and the human body was designed to operate at its optimum when body fluids are alkaline at 7-7.5. The body moves between acidic to alkaline all day, so to live 100 percent alkaline is unrealistic. But if you choose to do more kind, alkaline things to your body you will have better health.

Pretty much everything associated with fun is more acidic—coffee, chocolate, ice cream, alcohol, fried foods etc.—and this can tip our body’s healthy alkaline balance. So your body’s natural pH level is bound to be more acidic than alkaline. Many big and small health issues are associated with an acidic body: Low energy, weight gain, craving carbs, and sugar may all mean you’re acidic.

What if you have a body that’s too acidic?

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Dr. Laubscher’s 7 simple tips for becoming more alkaline

1. Drink two liters of water per day.

2. Take two teaspoons of alkalizing greens daily to boost overall nutrition and maintain your body’s healthy alkaline range.

3. Cut dairy (if you can’t live without it, opt for goat or sheep milk varieties).

4. Reduce coffee to one per day.

5. Choose gluten-free bread and pasta, and grains such as quinoa and brown rice.

6. Reduce sugar and remove artificial sweeteners.

7. Include a de-stress activity into your day (like meditating, walking, yoga, or swimming).

And Elle’s favorite de-stresser is…

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Elle: Thank you, Dr. Laubscher! My daily de-stress activity is setting my alarm for an hour before I need to get up, and if it’s 5 a.m., I need to be in bed by 10 p.m. to get seven hours of sleep. That takes some discipline but going to bed early suits me because I love mornings. I use that first hour to meditate and prepare for my day—no screens! Try it out or share your daily de-stress moment with us at Well+Good, in the Comments, or at [email protected].

The perennial “Australian Girl Next Door,” supermodel Elle Macpherson has been a prominent figure in business, fashion, film, and television for the past 30 years. In addition to achieving global fame as a model and actress, Macpherson has won scores of awards for her ingenuity and entrepreneurial drive. Today, she serves as the co-founder and creative director for WelleCo, a premium wellness brand known for its alkalizing Super Elixir organic supplements. 

What should Elle write about next? Send your questions and suggestions to [email protected].